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Touria's dream is to have her own restaurant one day.⁣ ⁣ The Moroccon refugee took part in the 2019 Cooking #WithRefugees festival.⁣ ⁣ Touria speaks five languages fluently and hopes that one day she will have her own restaurant in Athens, bringing North African flavours to Athenian food lovers!⁣ ⁣ Photo: © UNHCR/Socrates Baltagiannis⁣ ⁣ #food #Morocco #Moroccan #foodie #foodies #chef #chefsofinstagram #cooking #Athens #Greek #Greece

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"I had no right to go to school, because I had no papers.”⁣ ⁣ A war that happened before she was born prevented her from getting a nationality. So every morning, the young Yazidi girl went to school with all the other children of her village, in Iraq, but could not get in. ⁣ ⁣ She watched and learned through the window. ⁣ ⁣ In 2013, she went to Mosul for her high school exam, after studying at home. She passed it. But before she could get her certification...⁣ ⁣ ...the Islamic State took the city shortly afterwards and destroyed everything. ⁣ ⁣ Then, her village was attacked. Had she stayed 10 more minutes, she would have shared the fate of the 6,000 women and children that the militants enslaved. ⁣ ⁣ Adiba lost 70 family members that day. And this is just the beginning of her story. ⁣ ⁣ She refused to yield. “I have always refused to be a victim; there are so many victims, we do not need more.”⁣ ⁣ With no other option than to flee and ask for asylum, she is now a student at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland.⁣ ⁣ Adiba’s aspiration is to support other refugees like herself. ⁣ ⁣ "For us, it is very important to be accepted, this is something I want people to understand.”⁣ ⁣ Check out her full story in the latest instalment of our podcast series Awake At Night. Link in our bio. ⁣ ⁣ Photo: © UNHCR/@suzy_snapper⁣ ⁣ #Iraq #education #AwakeAtNight #Yazidi #refugees #WomenHumanitarians⁣

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Nasser needs our help.⠀ ⠀ In 2019 the @unitednations estimates that 80% of the population of Yemen requires humanitarian assistance due to the conflict.⠀ ⠀ Nasser's family fled 6 months ago and on this day, he got some materials to begin building a home.⠀ ⠀ Yemen is facing a severe protection crisis, and civilians face serious risks to their safety, well-being and basic rights. Tens of thousands of people have been killed or injured since 2015, among them at least 17,000 civilians. ⠀ ⠀ An estimated 3.65 million people remain displaced and escalating conflict is causing extensive damage to public and civilian infrastructure. In total, more than 24 million Yemenis are in need of aid. ⠀ ⠀ We provide shelter, legal and financial assistance as well as psycho-social support, and also continue to support some 275,000 refugees who remain in Yemen despite the conflict.⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/Shadi Abusneida⠀ ⠀ #Yemen #war #peace #conflict #home #WarInYemen

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Being an aid worker may be difficult, but can be very rewarding.⠀ ⠀ "Many of us want to do something when we see someone suffering, as a fellow human being.”⠀ ⠀ In this diary entry, Yumiko shares what it’s like to be a humanitarian in one of the most challenging places in the world: Aleppo, Syria, right in the midst of one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time.⠀ ⠀ She joined the organisation 20 years ago and has worked in Timor-Leste, Sudan, Thailand, Afghanistan and beyond. ⠀ ⠀ “Behind each of these numbers, there are real people, with real lives. That’s why I’m here: it’s about how we as humans can help each other.” ⠀ ⠀ "I know it’s so easy to forget what’s going in on the next town, country, continent. But I get to see what happens when you do help. People are strong. With a little support, they can go on with their lives.”⠀ ⠀ Click the link in our bio to read her full diary entry.⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR/Antwan Chnkdji⠀ ⠀ #WHD2019 #WomenHumanitarians #refugees #Syria #Aleppo #Humanitarians #AidWorkers

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This was the scene outside UN Headquarters on 19 August, 2003. ⠀ ⠀ On that day, we mourned the loss of 22 humanitarians. Now each year on 19 August we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of a better world.⠀ ⠀ We also honour those who continue to work tirelessly every day, risking life and limb to protect and provide assistance to those in need. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: UN Photo/Mark Garten⠀ ⠀ #WorldHumanitarianDay #WomenHumanitarians #refugees #WithRefugees

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Adiba is one of the #WomenHumanitarians we admire. ⠀ ⠀ This World Humanitarian Day, learn how she has transformed a harrowing experience into a story of hope. ⠀ ⠀ Adiba is from the Yazidi minority in Northern Iraq. Five years ago, Islamic State militants stormed her village. Thousands of Yazidis lost their lives. Adiba managed to escape—but with great peril. ⠀ ⠀ For years, she was haunted by the knowledge that many of her friends and relatives were taken captive and held as sex slaves. Some survived – and when they were freed, Adiba was there to help.⠀ ⠀ “Sometimes some of them during the night were shouting and crying and saying that '…no one of you is feeling what we’ve been through. No one understand us.’ I was trying to just sit with them and talk. I was there for everyone,” said Adiba⠀ It was the beginning of her work as a humanitarian.⠀ ⠀ Today, she is studying in Switzerland to advocate for the rights of refugees and of Yazidi women. Tap on the link in our bio to listen to her testimony on Awake at Night with our @melissarfleming. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR/Susan Hopper ⠀ ⠀ #WorldHumanitarianDay #Yazidi #Iraq #humanitarians #refugees #withrefugees

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They're far from home. 🛫 But they have each other. ❤️ Zadiel and Aranza are brother and sister and they have made an incredible journey from their home in Venezuela to Brazil. While they might not remember their home, they know they are loved and they are safe. Photo: © UNHCR/@escobart #Home #Venezuela #Brazil #brother #sister #hermanos

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Khadija is helping refugee children- and she’s not stopping anytime soon. ⠀ ⠀ The 13-year-old is from Eritrea and was born in Yemen. She is a member of the Yemeni Youth Parliament, representing refugee children across the country. ⠀ ⠀ “I help refugee children by advocating for their rights to have birth certificates and documents. In the future, I want to be a doctor to treat poor children for free,” says Khadija.⠀ ⠀ We have been supporting refugee children’s participation in the Yemeni Youth Parliament since 2012. The team now consists of of eight refugees and two IDP children out of a total of 71 members.⠀ ⠀ Throughout the year, the representatives also hold other activities in their schools, including advocacy for children’s rights and the importance of child protection with support from UNHCR.⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR/Shadi Abusneida⠀ ⠀ #Yemen #youth #refugees #WithRefugees

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Samuel is 3 years old and this little guy is full of energy.⠀ ⠀ Born in Venezuela, he's found a new home with his father and grandmother in Brasilia. It may be temporary, but here he has the chance to be a kid.⠀ ⠀ He's spent 1/2 of his entire life in exile.⠀ ⠀ Samuel took a particular liking to our High Commissioner @FilippoGrandi when he visited his home in one of the @sos_childrens_villages shelters in Brasilia. Samuel greeted him with a big high five and sat right next to him as the High Commissioner listened to the story of Samuel's family's journey.⠀ ⠀ Now that this little one has access to the things he needs to thrive in Brazil, his future is surely bright.⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/@escobart⠀ ⠀ #Venezuela #Brazil #UNHCR #WithRefugees #wonder

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Resina is having recurrent nightmares.⠀ ⠀ The 52-year-old Congolese mother escaped her village in Tche, Djugu territory, at the end of June, describing the violence as horrific.⠀ ⠀ “We fled for our lives and walked for five days in the bush before finding safety in Kasenyi. We were tired but didn’t want to stop walking as we kept hearing gunshots. Before my own eyes, I saw my daughter, my son-in-law and two of my grandchildren being killed. I have recurrent nightmares now,” says Resina. ⠀ ⠀ The family left their home with next to nothing and are sleeping in the open air right next to the Kasenyi Catholic church. They live alongside local people who share their limited resources with the displaced.⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/Gloria Ramazani⠀ ⠀ #mother #nightmares #DRC #violence #displaced #family #war

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🙌 What an evening! ⁣ ⁣ UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador @emibattuta inspires the crowd at @szigetofficial with her performance of two incredibly powerful poems. ⁣ ⁣ Were you inspired too? 👀⁣ ⁣ Regram: @szigetofficial ⁣ ⁣ #Sziget #Sziget2019 #SzigetFestival #EmiMahmoud #UNHCR #WithRefugees #Budapest #Hungary #Poetry #SlamPoet #LoveRevolution #IslandOfLove

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Well done to slam poet and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador @emibattuta for a wonderful performance at @szigetofficial! 🙌 Thank you for continuing to raise your voice for refugees - in Hungary and around the world. 👏 Photos: @emibattuta, @clairerowanlewis #Sziget #SzigetOfficial #SzigetFestival #EmiMahmoud #Festival #Budapest #WithRefugees

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Defending children's rights, one topic at a time. ⠀ ⠀ 14-year-old Nawaf represents the children of Dhamar in the Yemeni parliament. He is a member of the Yemeni Youth Parliament in Sana'a. ⠀ ⠀ "Some children have to work to help their families. I want to defend their rights in education," says Nawaf. He wants to be a doctor in the future.⠀ ⠀ We have been supporting refugee children’s participation in the Yemeni Youth Parliament since 2012, which now includes a team of eight refugees and two IDP children out of a total 71 members. ⠀ ⠀ Last month, the representatives attended the Parliament’s biannual event where they conveyed messages concerning refugee and IDP rights in Yemen. Throughout the year, the representatives also hold other activities in their schools, including advocacy for children's rights and the importance of child protection with the support from UNHCR.⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR/Shadi Abusneida⠀ ⠀ #children #Yemen #WarInYemen #child #youth #parliament #education #humanrights

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“I was very drawn to try to make a difference.” ⠀ ⠀ Currently serving as our regional representative based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ann Encontre has been a dedicated humanitarian with UNHCR for over two decades. ⠀ ⠀ From a very young age, she dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Twenty-three years ago, Ann made a bold career change from corporate law to protecting refugees. ⠀ ⠀ “I was deeply struck by the plight of refugees and asylum-seekers. The human rights violations were absolutely incredible. Of course, I was aware of them from the news. But it really affected me to see these violations systematically executed against hundreds of thousands of people, who had no other choice but to run away and save their lives,” she says. ⠀ ⠀ Over the last 23 years, she has served in Sierra Leone and Chad, making a difference in the lives of refugees and people forced to flee conflict and violence. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR/@ggkenya ⠀ #humanitarians #sierraleone #congo #chad

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Her children do not remember Syria. ⠀ ⠀ Media and her husband live with their children in Akre refugee camp in Iraq. All three of them are under 10 and don't remember their home country and only know of their life in Akre. ⠀ ⠀ In 2019, some 258 Syrian families lived in this camp. The residents are originally from Hassakeh and Derik in Syria. Along with our partners, we provide cash assistance for food for those considered vulnerable. ⠀ ⠀ Healthcare, access to schools, and winter materials are also provided to the residents. We also provide recreational activities and remedial classes for children. Our partner ACTED oversees child protection services. ⠀ ⠀ There are over 270,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq, most living in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR/Firas al-Khateeb⠀ ⠀ #Syria #Iraq #home #family #children #mother #camp #refugees #WithRefugees

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We’re so excited for this! ⁣ ⁣ UNHCR Supporter, @jessetyler, is the host of @hgtv's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. They just surprised the Barobis, an inspiring refugee family from the DRC now living in Ogden, Utah. Moreover, the community rallying around this family is absolutely incredible!⁣ ⁣ Thank you HGTV, the Extreme Makeover team, and the Ogden community for helping this family. ⁣ ⁣ Watch out for this special episode in 2020! ⁣ ⁣ Photo credit: HGTV⁣ ⁣ #HGTVExtreme #ExtremeMakeover #extrememakeoverhomeedition #refugees #withrefugees

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Do you know where your birth certificate is?⠀ ⠀ In Kenya, the Shona community has been stateless for decades. But things are changing! 24-year-old Aki is with her 3-year-old son Milton, holding his birth certificate.⠀ ⠀ She sits with families of more than 600 children from the Shona community, at a ceremony where Kenyan birth certificates are being issued for the first time at the District Commissioner’s office in Kinoo on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya.⠀ ⠀ “I’m happy for my children, the eldest is bothered at school by teachers as he doesn’t have a certificate the problem is gone now. I say thank you," says Aki⠀ ⠀ This is a great milestone for the community of about 3,500, half of who are children below the age of 18, whose members, some of them fourth generation, have lived in Kenya for decades without identification documents including birth certificates.⠀ ⠀ The Shona community arrived from present day Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in the 1960s as Christian missionaries and never returned to Zimbabwe. They carried Rhodesian passports and were registered as British subjects. However, after Kenya’s independence in 1963, many missed the two-year window to register as Kenyans rendering them stateless. ⠀ ⠀ Lack of proof of nationality means that the Shona and other stateless communities are unable to travel, own property, be formally employed or access financial services, among other services, and cannot fully access basic rights like education or health insurance. Currently there are an estimated 18,500 stateless persons living in Kenya. ⠀ ⠀ We are continuing to raise awareness on the issue and to engage all stakeholders in resolving existing statelessness situations and preventing new cases of statelessness.⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR/@ggkenya⠀ ⠀ #Shona #Kenya #stateless #IBelong #birthcertificate #documentation

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She had to run for her life. Now she's walking the runway.⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ From refugee to top model, @AdutAkech's success story inspires us all. 👏⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ She is one of 15 incredible women to cover the September 2019 issue of @BritishVogue. “I want to help people to understand that refugees are normal people, just like everybody else,” she said.⁣⁣⁣⁣ Well done Adut! We're proud to have you as a supporter of UNHCR. 🙌⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ #AdutAkech #BritishVogue #Refugees #StepWithRefugees #UNHCR #TopModel #Vogue #MeghanMarkle #ForcesForChange Repost @britishvogue ・・・ @AdutAkech is one of 15 inspiring women to cover the September 2019 issue of #BritishVogue. Discover the full #ForcesForChange story in the new issue, on newsstands now, and click the link in bio to read about how the South Sudanese-Australian model wants to convert her personal success story into a parable for refugees. #AdutAkech wears a jacket, polo neck and trousers, all from @Celine by Hedi Slimane. Photographed by @TheRealPeterLindbergh, fashion editor @TheRealGraceCoddington, with hair by @BartPumpkin, make-up by @Diane.Kendal and nails by @YukoTsuchihashi. Video: Directed and edited by @Kloss_Films. B-footage by @PhilipDanielDucasse.

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Yemi = You are me, and I am you. ⠀ ⠀ 27-year-old Foni is a South Sudanese refugee. Her parents fled to Kenya in 1991. She is now a graduate of Mass Communication with a major in Public Relations.⠀ ⠀ In 2012, Foni won a DAFI scholarship to pursue an undergraduate degree at Kenyatta University. The university, where Foni interacted with fellow students, served as a first platform for her to challenge existing negative preconceptions about refugees. ⠀ ⠀ By becoming the co-chair of UNHCR’s Global Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) and the focal point for education, Foni further ventured into advocacy. In 2018, she represented South Sudanese refugees at high-level peace talks held in Khartoum. “I function as a link between the refugees and the people at the table,” Foni elaborates.⠀ ⠀ Together with a Kenyan friend, Foni founded the community-based YEMI Initiative (YEMI in Swahili roughly translates to “You are me, and I am you”)⠀ ⠀ YEMI’s aim is to enable the local community and especially youth to realize and utilize their potential. “We show them how to use what they have to get what they need,” Foni explains. “We want to create a culture of empowerment.” YEMI counsels, mentors, and inspires through mentorship programmes, career talks and panel discussions. The organisation now consists of a core team of 5 people and 9 occasional volunteers.⠀ ⠀ In the future, Foni plans to continue advocating for refugees while furthering her education with a Master’s degree. Her ultimate goal is to return to South Sudan to actively participate in peace building and development. “The way you react to a conflict is crucial," Foni says. “If you are able to see yourself in someone, you see they are a human being too. I am you, and you are me.”⠀ ⠀ Only 1% of refugees get higher education, or go to university, compared to 37% of young people worldwide. Those who do access higher learning are examples of perseverance and talent in the face of challenging conditions and limited opportunities. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/Antoine Tardy⠀ ⠀ #education #university #students #SouthSudan #refugees #WithRefugees

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What does a peaceful Mali mean for her? ⠀ ⠀ Outside a distribution centre in Mbera camp, a Malian refugee girl waits under the hangars for her mother to receive humanitarian assistance. ⠀ ⠀ Mbera is home to thousands of Malian refugees who fled insecurity and armed groups. ⠀ ⠀ In light of the deteriorating humanitarian and security situation in Mali, we are urging States to provide protection to people fleeing conflict-affected areas in Mali.Persistent violence among armed groups and inter-communal clashes continue to affect northern Mali, and have now spread to other regions. ⠀ ⠀ The crisis has had a devastating and disproportionate effect on children. More than 285,000 children are being denied an education due to school closures. ⠀ ⠀ Local populations, particularly in the central regions, report widespread human rights violations including summary execution, disappearances, torture and arbitrary arrest. Smugglers and traffickers are able to operate with impunity.⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR/Viola E. Bruttomeso⠀ ⠀ #Mali #children #refugees #peace #humanrights

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When people are forced to flee their homes, they become some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.⁣ ⁣ There's a particular danger that forcibly displaced indigenous peoples can be overlooked.⁣ ⁣ Our message to them on #IndigenousDay is simple: You are not forgotten.⁣ ⁣ Photo: UNHCR/ Ruben Salgado Escudero⁣ ⁣ #WeAreIndigenous, #IndigenousDay, #IndigenousPeoplesDay, #IndigenousLanguages #UNDRIP

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With both fear and hope, Estefania walked day and night until she found safety in Mexico. ⁣ ⁣ She left Honduras, where her life was at risk. She told us how she lived in constant fear As a transgender woman, Estefania had to leave to live. ⁣ ⁣ Stay tuned as we share her letter to her mother later today. ⁣ ⁣ With Love #FromCentralAmerica⁣ ⁣ Photos: UNHCR/Diana Diaz⁣ ⁣ #FromCentralAmerica #DesdeCentroamerica #Love #Amor #Letters #Cartas⁣ #Mom #Mama #TravelDiaries #Travel #Violence #Fear #Displacement #Honduras #Mexico #CentralAmerica #Centroamerica #RefugeesWelcome

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Baby Hlope has a bright future.⁣ ⁣ Hlope will be one of the first members of the Shona community in Kenya to get a birth certificate. The one-month-old baby was registered by her mother in Kiambu county, just north of Nairobi. ⁣ ⁣ The Shona community in Kenya has, for the first time, begun officially registering children in a landmark move to end statelessness. There are over 4,000 Shona in Kenya, living without a national identity and unable to access education, acquire travel documents or be employed.⁣ ⁣ The Shona people came from Zimbabwe in the 1960s as missionaries, welcomed in the wave of Kenya’s independence, but unable to acquire any kind of official status. Since then, they have called Kenya home, learning local languages, adapting to the culture but still holding on to their own way of life. ⁣ ⁣ This registration will give Shona children the chance to obtain crucial documents that will allow them to sit for national exams – a first step in giving them the opportunity to build a better future for themselves and their community.⁣ ⁣ Photo: © UNHCR/Linda Muriuki⁣ ⁣ #Kenya #birthcertificate #children #future #Shona #statelessness #IBelong

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Adel and his family can stay connected to their loved ones ❤️⠀ ⠀ Thanks to solar power running at Za'atari camp in Jordan, refugees receive electricity for up to 12 hours a day. ⠀ ⠀ Solar power saves millions of dollars in annual electricity costs and improves the living conditions for refugees. ⠀ ⠀ Since 2017, and the opening of the solar power plant in the camp, the provision of electricity to refugees’ homes has increased from 8 hours to 12 hours a day.⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR⠀ ⠀ #solarpower #solarenergy #renewableenergy #greenplanet #greenenergy #Jordan #Zaatari

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One day I will...be a nurse 10-year-old Gheena is displaced in Iraq. She wants to be a nurse. “My mum is a nurse and it looks like an easy job. She was busy when we lived in Mosul, but now that we live in a camp, she is at home most of the time. She says she’s counting on me to go to school for a long time, and not to get married yet. I laughed when she said that. As if I want to get married.” The realities of women and girls trapped in crisis rarely make headlines. @vtremeau asked #girls what they want to be when they grow up. We stand with them as they #inspire, #innovate and take charge of their own #future. If you are in New York, stop by exhibit “One Day, I Will” from July 29 - September 9 @unitednations HQ Photo: @Vtremeau, presented by @un_ocha #NotATarget #unitednations #newyork #midtown #exhibit #photography #throughmylens #strong #Iraq #nurse #nurses

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One day... I will be a lawyer. 12-year-old Aicha is a Nigerian refugee in Niger. “I come from Damassak in Nigeria. I would like to become a lawyer to defend people’s rights. I was born without arms and legs, but I want to achieve my goal in life.” The realities of women and girls trapped in crisis rarely make headlines. @vtremeau asked #girls what they want to be when they grow up. We stand with them as they #inspire, #innovate and take charge of their own #future. If you are in New York, stop by exhibit “One Day, I Will” from July 29 - September 9 @unitednations HQ Photo: @Vtremeau, presented by @un_ocha #NotATarget #unitednations #newyork #midtown #exhibit #photography#throughmylens #strong #Niger #Nigeria #lawyer #humanrights #women

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One day I will be..a Breakdancer 13-year-old Lorand is a Syrian refugee in Iraq. “People tell me that breakdancing is just for boys, but it doesn’t make sense as I am much better at it than any of them. I think it is OK to be different. My friend Bellal is 15,and she dyed her hair blue to rebel against everybody else. We laugh a lot together and talk about the fact that if we keep this up, no boys will want to marry us and we can be free forever." "Two of my friends had to get married this year. They were 12 and 13 years old, and I have not seen either of them since, because their mothers-in-law don’t let them leave their tents. The night before her wedding, one of them came to see me and we sat on the ground while she cried because she was so scared.” The realities of women and girls trapped in crisis rarely make headlines. @vtremeau asked #girls what they want to be when they grow up. We stand with them as they #inspire, #innovate and take charge of their own #future. If you are in New York, stop by exhibit “One Day, I Will” from July 29 - September 9 @unitednations HQ Photo: @Vtremeau, presented by @un_ocha #unitednations #newyork #exhibit #photography #throughmylens #strong #dreams #dancer #lovefordance #iraq #syrian #dancersofinstagram

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One day I will be… an IT Officer Khadija, 15, is a Nigerian refugee in Chad. “I want to work in Information Technology to learn and share knowledge. I was born in a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria with no school and no clean drinking water. What I have learned is that with the Internet, even if you don’t know something, somebody in the world has what you need. It is the best way to share knowledge.” The realities of women and girls trapped in crisis rarely make headlines. @vtremeau asked #girls what they want to be when they grow up. We stand with them as they #inspire, #innovate and take charge of their own #future. If you are in New York, stop by exhibit “One Day, I Will” from July 29 - September 9 @unitednations HQ Photo: @Vtremeau, presented by @un_ocha #NotATarget #unitednations #newyork #midtown #exhibit #photography #strong #refugee #informationtechnology #dreams

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Not just any kind of lawyer. Halaz is a 14-year-old Syrian refugee in Iraq. She wants to be a human rights lawyer. “I’m not going to become just any kind of lawyer – I’m going to become a human rights lawyer, and I’ll work for free to defend anyone who’s facing problems during wars and conflicts. But it’s kind of a good and bad career choice, because if I want a lot of work, then there will need to be more wars. I hate wars. When we were preparing to leave Syria, there were bullets and bombs everywhere, and my brother ended up getting shrapnel in his eyes and legs. I just wish that all the politicians could sit down in a room and make a plan they could all agree on.” The realities of women and girls trapped in crisis rarely make headlines. @vtremeau asked #girls what they want to be when they grow up. We stand with them as they #inspire, #innovate and take charge of their own #future. If you are in New York, stop by exhibit “One Day, I Will” from July 29 - September 9 @unitednations HQ Photo: @Vtremeau, presented by @un_ocha #NotATarget #unitednations #newyork #midtown #exhibit #photography#throughmylens #strong #Syria #Syrian #lawyer #humanrights #women

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What do you want to be when you grow up? “One day, I would like to become a doctor. I would like to treat Rohingya people, Bangladeshi people and all kinds of people. When I was 10 years old, back in Myanmar, I had to stop going to school. I hope one day I will be able to continue my studies.” Ismat, 15 The realities of women and girls trapped in crisis rarely make headlines. @vtremeau asked #girls what they want to be when they grow up. We stand with them as they #inspire, #innovate and take charge of their own #future. If you are in New York, stop by exhibit “One Day, I Will” from July 29 - September 9 @unitednations HQ Photo: @Vtremeau, presented by @un_ocha #NotATarget #unitednations #newyork #midtown #exhibit #photography#throughmylens #strong #rohingyarefugees #refugee #doctor#medicine #futuredoctor

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Through rivers and jungles.⁣ ⁣ Hiding under sacks of produce, under extreme heat. Ernesto* fled persecution from Nicaragua and found safety in Costa Rica.⁣ ⁣ He had to leave his father behind so he could save his life. And he couldn't say a proper goodbye.⁣ ⁣ Stay tuned as we share the letter Ernesto wrote to his father.⁣ ⁣ With Love #FromCentralAmerica⁣ ⁣ *Name changed for protection reasons⁣ ⁣ Photos: © UNHCR/Diana Diaz⁣ ⁣ #FromCentralAmerica #DesdeCentroamerica #Love #Amor #Letters #Cartas⁣ #TravelDiaries #Travel #Dad #Papa #Violence #Fear #Displacement #Nicaragua #CostaRica #CentralAmerica #Centroamerica #RefugeesWelcome #PaisesHermanos⁣

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A world on the move. ⁣ ⁣ The number of people forced to flee conflict, natural disasters, and extreme weather events related to climate change continues to rise. This month’s issue of @natgeo discusses why. Here are the covers from the French, Czech, Hungarian, Chinese and Thai editions.⁣ ⁣ The cover photo shows a group of Rohingya refugees making their way to Bangladesh. Our photographer Roger Arnold took it in October 2017, at the height of the refugee exodus from Myanmar. ⁣ ⁣ #NatGeo #NationalGeographic #Rohingya #Bangladesh #refugees #WithRefugees⁣

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Do you remember getting ready for school every morning?⠀ ⠀ In Jordan, Entesar kisses her daughter goodbye as she gets ready to leave for school. 7-year-old Kholud was a baby when her family fled Syria in 2013, to escape the deadly airstrikes that were surrounding their home near the city of Homs. ⠀ ⠀ She made the journey with her grandparents, mother and four siblings. Her father was killed in a terrorist attack in Turkey when trying to fly to Jordan to reunite with his family. ⠀ ⠀ Kholud attends the local school, where she's succeeding, earning top marks in her classes. She likes to write, draw and play games with her friends.⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/Hannah Maule-ffinch⠀ ⠀ #school #mother #daughter #Syria #Jordan #family #refugees #WithRefugees

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Abdul is holding on to what he has.⠀ ⠀ The Rohingya refugee holds his great-granddaughter at Kutupalong refugee settlement in Bangladesh. While fleeing from violence in Myanmar, his wife and two sons were murdered and he arrived with just one granddaughter. He lives alone and on top of grieving, he feels lonely.⠀ ⠀ More than 910,000 Rohingya refugees are in Bangladesh. Over 700,000 of them arrived after fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine state in 2017. Many live in the Kutupalong, the largest refugee settlement in Cox's Bazar.⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/Kamrul Hasan⠀ ⠀ #Bangladesh #Rohingya #grandfather #grandpa #refugees #WithRefugees

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A normal life and a job, that's all she wants. ⠀ ⠀ 27-year-old transgender Venezuelan Sajary left her country for Brazil in search of medicines for her sick mother in 2018.⠀ ⠀ “I didn't know what to do. A friend said she knew a place where many women from Venezuela would work selling their bodies… I thought that if I didn't do it I would have to sleep on the streets… I wouldn't be able to eat because I was alone. Then things started to get ugly.” ⠀ ⠀ A UNHCR officer helped her enter a temporary shelter for Venezuelans in Boa Vista. ⠀ ⠀ “What I really want is a normal life and find a job. Finding a job for trans women is especially hard.”⠀ ⠀ In 2019, we published our first protection monitoring report for Venezuelan refugees and migrants. Results showed that half of Venezuelans in the region faced risks, as beggars, sending their children to work or in prostitution. Others had specific needs requiring protection and support. ⠀ ⠀ While host countries have shown increasing generosity in opening their doors to refugees and migrants from Venezuela, they do not always have the capacity to provide much-needed assistance, especially for those with special needs. Host countries have also struggled to ensure Venezuelans are not forced to resort to high-risk behavior, like Sajary.⠀ ⠀ Sajary was relocated to the Amazonian city of Manaus and referred to Brazil’s first shelter specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex - or LGBTI - refugees. Since then, she has found a partner and a place to call home. She is still searching for a job. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: © Dieter Deswarte⠀ ⠀ #transgender #TransIsBeautiful #Venezuela #Brazil #LGBTI #LGBTQI

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Mumna is truly a force to be reckoned with. ⠀ ⠀ She is one of two midwives in Dakhla camp, in Algeria. ⠀ ⠀ By her estimation, she has delivered more than 2,000 babies since her early days as a nurse and later as a midwife. She was one of two Dakhla Camp residents recently honoured for their long careers of community service, on World Refugee Day. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR/Russell Fraser⠀ ⠀ #Sahrawis #Refugees #Algeria #DakhlaCamp #midwife #midwives

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Friends help each other out. ⠀ ⠀ 8-year-old Igiraneza is pushed home in his wheelchair by his classmates and friends from his school in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, Tanzania. He is one of many children in Nyarugusu with disabilities. Many do not go to school because of the lack of facilities.⠀ ⠀ These friends are amongst more than 1,100 primary schoolchildren in Jugudi school for Burundian refugees. 200 pre-school also attend school here. They are taught by 31 teachers, most of whom are also refugees. ⠀ ⠀ Some classes are taught outside, due to a shortage of classrooms. There are very few text books and children have to share pens. Teachers are paid US$22 per month for a very demanding job. ⠀ ⠀ Nyarugusu hosts around 150,000 refugees, of which 65,000 come from Burundi and the rest from DRC. Political unrest, violence, economic decline and food insecurity has forced over 300,000 Burundians to flee their country since April 2015.⠀ ⠀ This #FriendshipDay, we celebrate remarkable friendships all over the world, like the one between Igiraneza and his friends. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR/ @ggkenya ⠀ ⠀ #friendship #friends #Burundi #Tanzania #school #education

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Happy Friendship Day! ⠀ ⠀ 15-year-old Venezuelan Maria and 16-year-old Panamanian Miguel are best friends who have known each other for two years.⠀ ⠀ “I left Venezuela because of the issues my country is facing, corruption, crime, apathy. Everything you have seen in the news and a lot more. But thank god I am here, with Miguel. We are best friends," says Maria.⠀ ⠀ “I never thought I would have a Venezuelan friend, or from other countries. I grew up surrounded by locals. But this is something I liked because I have been able to know other cultures," says Miguel. ⠀ ⠀ This #FriendshipDay we celebrate remarkable friendships like the one between Maria and Miguel. Maria found a new home and a new friend to help her after she had to leave her country. These two are inseparable!⠀ ⠀ Photo: UNHCR/Diana Diaz⠀ ⠀ #friendship #bffs #bff #Panama #Venezuela

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A survivor's plea: "There must be freedom for human beings."⁣ ⁣ Zewdi, a human trafficking survivor, makes this plea. She now lives in safety at the Shagarab refugee camp in east Sudan. ⁣ ⁣ People living in protracted displacement situations or those on the move across borders to find a safe and dignified life can become vulnerable to human trafficking.⁣ ⁣ We work to prevent refugees from falling prey to this crime, and provides protection and assistance to those who do. ⁣ ⁣ Photo: © UNHCR/Osama Idriss⁣ ⁣ #EndHumanTrafficking #survivor #freedom #humanity #humanrights #StandUp4HumanRights⁣

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Cooking runs in his blood.⁣ ⁣ Farid started cooking in Kunduz, Afghanistan as a teenager, because his father did not let him finish school out of fear of being robbed on the way. ⁣ ⁣ He began cooking by his father’s and grandfather’s side at the family’s hotel. He started his own restaurant, cooking traditional Afghani dishes for local and foreign clientele. ⁣ ⁣ This picture was taken at the 2019 Cooking #WithRefugees festival, where Farid cooked delicious food in the kitchen of Rakor, a restaurant in Athens. ⁣ ⁣ Farid fled Afghanistan and came to Greece in 2015, with his three children who he has raised on his own after his wife died eight years ago.⁣ ⁣ To mark World Refugee Day this year, Greek and refugee chefs teamed up and served their favourite dishes and fixed menus in select restaurants across Greece. Greek, Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian, Congolese and Moroccan gastronomy delighted visitors at 13 restaurants, all of which either belong to refugee chefs or opened their kitchens to refugee chefs for the festival.⁣ ⁣ Photo: © UNHCR/Socrates Baltagiannis⁣ ⁣ #food #foodstagram #instafood #chef #chefsofinstagram #cooking #Greece #Syria #Iraq

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Family isn’t always determined by blood. ⠀ ⠀ In Côte d'Ivoire, Ivorian foundlings Françoise (in patterned dress) and Christelle (in red) have overcome risk of statelessness.⠀ ⠀ The two foundlings, both aged 17, are now citizens of Côte d’Ivoire, after a judicial breakthrough.⠀ ⠀ Almost 700,000 people are at risk of statelessness in Côte d'Ivoire. Among them are foundlings, children abandoned by their families after their mothers died in childbirth. Without at least one Ivorian parent, they cannot claim citizenship. ⠀ ⠀ Françoise and Christelle – known as ‘the twins’ – were both raised at The Nest, an orphanage that has cared for foundlings for 70 years. In 2018, judges ruled that based on testimony from friends and caregivers, the twins and other orphans from The Nest and elsewhere were eligible for citizenship – the first time since 1972 that foundlings had been given Ivorian citizenship. ⠀ ⠀ The historic rulings will allow them to go to university, get married, get a driver’s license and even simply buy sim cards for their mobile phones. Until now, they could legally do none of those things. ⠀ ⠀ UNHCR, along with the Côte d’Ivoire Women’s Legal Aid Association, has led a four-year campaign helping people battle the risk of statelessness.⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/ @markhenleyphotos ⠀ ⠀ #CôtedIvoire #orphans #foundlings #twins #sisters #citizenship #friends #friendship #family

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On the anniversary of the signing of the 1951 Refugee convention, we remember some of the biggest refugee crises we have witnessed.⠀ ⠀ The war that erupted in Syria in 2011 has propelled it to the world’s single largest driver of displacement.⠀ ⠀ Over 5.6 million people have fled Syria since 2011, seeking safety in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and beyond. Millions more are displaced inside Syria.⠀ ⠀ From March 2011 when the Syrian crisis began with peaceful protests that spread nationwide, to May 2011 when the first camps for refugees opened in Turkey to this day, we continue to serve Syrian refugees and internally displaced people across the world.⠀ ⠀ We provide life-saving humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees, helping the most vulnerable with cash for medicine and food, stoves and fuel for heating, insulation for tents, thermal blankets and winter clothing. ⠀ ⠀ For those who have been displaced but remain in Syria, we provide shelter kits and non-food items as well as protection services and psychosocial support.⠀ ⠀ This picture was taken in Turkey in 2011. Syrian Kurdish refugees had crossed into Turkey from Syria, near the town of Kobani. ⠀ ⠀ Since 1951, we have been serving those forcibly displaced from their homes. We have served millions around the world with food, shelter, healthcare and many more services. On this anniversary, we promise to continue those who who have been forced to flee, wherever they may be. ⠀ ⠀ In 2018, 70.8 million people were recorded to be forcibly displaced from their homes, making history as the largest amount of people displaced at one time. ⠀ ⠀ As we continue to serve these vulnerable communities, we must also work together to bring peace in their home countries and beyond. ⠀ ⠀ Fact: UNHCR serves as the ‘guardian’ of the 1951 Convention and its 1967 Protocol. The 1951 Convention expressly provides that States are expected to cooperate with UNHCR in ensuring that the rights of refugees are respected and protected.⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/Ivor Prickett⠀ ⠀ #Syria #Turkey #war #1951 #WithRefugees #refugees

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On the anniversary of the signing of the 1951 Refugee convention, we remember some of the biggest refugee crises we have witnessed.⁣ ⁣ For UNHCR, the aftermath of the 1994 genocide was one of the worst refugee crises the agency had ever faced; by July 1994, half of Rwanda’s population had either been killed or had fled abroad. Millions of Rwandans became refugees.⁣ ⁣ Refugee camps in neighbouring countries grew to the size of major cities - 200,000 people at Kibumba (in what was then Zaire and is now Democratic Republic of the Congo) and nearly half a million at a series of camps in western Tanzania.⁣ ⁣ This picture was taken in December, 1994 of Tutsi returnees in a transit camp, waiting to go to their places of settlement.⁣ ⁣ Since 1951, we have been serving those forcibly displaced from their homes. We have served millions around the world with food, shelter, healthcare and many more services. On this anniversary, we promise to continue those who who have been forced to flee, wherever they may be. ⁣ ⁣ In 2018, 70.8 million people were recorded to be forcibly displaced from their homes, making history as the largest amount of people displaced at one time. ⁣ ⁣ As we continue to serve these vulnerable communities, we must also work together to bring peace in their home countries and beyond. ⁣ ⁣ Refugee definition: A refugee is a person who is outside his or her country of nationality or habitual residence; has a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of his or her race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion; and⁣ is unable or unwilling to avail him— or herself of the protection of that⁣ country, or to return there, for fear of persecution.⁣ ⁣ Photo: © UNHCR/A.Hollmann⁣ ⁣ #Rwanda #1951 #WithRefugees #refugees

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On the anniversary of the signing of the 1951 Refugee convention, we remember some of the biggest refugee crises we have witnessed.⠀ ⠀ In the 1990s, millions of people were forced to flee their homes across the Balkans.⠀ ⠀ Specifically, the humanitarian relief effort led by UNHCR during the war in Bosnia became our largest operation ever. ⠀ ⠀ Operating under extremely difficult conditions, we managed to deliver some 950,000 metric tonnes of humanitarian assistance to some 2.7 million beneficiaries in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995.⠀ ⠀ This picture was taken on May 01, 1992 in Croatia. Refugees from Bosnia and Herzegovina were sheltered in a sports hall. ⠀ ⠀ Since 1951, we have been serving those forcibly displaced from their homes. We have served millions around the world with food, shelter, healthcare and many more services. On this anniversary, we promise to continue those who who have been forced to flee, wherever they may be. ⠀ ⠀ In 2018, 70.8 million people were recorded to be forcibly displaced from their homes, making history as the largest amount of people displaced at one time. ⠀ ⠀ As we continue to serve these vulnerable communities, we must also work together to bring peace in their home countries and beyond. ⠀ ⠀ Fact: The core principle of the 1951 Convention is non-refoulement, which asserts that a refugee should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom. This is now considered a rule of customary international law. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/Anneliese Hollmann⠀ ⠀ #BosniaWar #war #1951 #WithRefugees #refugees

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🥇Amir's main goal is not just winning an Olympic medal. It's making his mother proud. ⠀ ⠀ At 5, he started imitating Bruce Lee. Now he’s a dedicated Taekwondo athlete training to make it to the refugees Olympic Team, thanks to the @olympics! ⠀ ⠀ The Iranian refugee found safety in Germany. Training 11 times a week, he's trying his best to make his mother proud and make it to #Tokyo2020 ⠀ ⠀ Join us in cheering Amir on as we countdown to the 2020 Olympics!⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/Béla Szandelszky⠀ ⠀ #taekwondo #Olympics #Olympics2020 #Tokyo #Japan

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Kids are just kids all over the world. In this week’s #ThrowbackThursday, meet Sadi and Ibrahim 😎⠀ ⠀ Sadi: "It's me who has the most beautiful glasses!" ⠀ ⠀ Ibrahim: "That's so not, mine are better: they are all black and I never get dazzled by the sun." ⠀ ⠀ Sadi: "Maybe, but I can wear mine until I go to bed. And you can't." ⠀ ⠀ Ibrahim: "You liar, your mother won't let you do that!" ⠀ ⠀ Sadi: "In any case, mine were cheaper than yours!" ⠀ ⠀ Ibrahim: "Yes, but yours are all cracked!" ⠀ ⠀ Everywhere in the world, kids love to squabble and Sadi and his classmate, Ibrahim, are no exception. ⠀ ⠀ This picture was taken in 2014. They are refugees from Central African Republic, and were living in Timangolo, Cameroon. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/Olivier Laban-Mattei⠀ ⠀ #kids #sunglasses #children #friends #classmates #Cameroon #CentralAfricanRepublic

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Yonas is running for his dream to compete in #Tokyo2020⠀ ⠀ Seven years ago, he fled violence in Ethiopia. Now he runs 150km every week to fight for his dream. 🏃🏿⠀ ⠀ He used to skip his school bus to run 16km to school each way. Years later, he ran his way into Rio 2016. ⠀ ⠀ Join us in cheering on Yonas and other refugee athletes working hard for a chance at Olympic glory!⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/Béla Szandelszky⠀ ⠀ #Olympics2020 #Olympics #Tokyo #Japan #school #running #runnersofinstagram #track #athletes #1YeartoGo #Tokyo2020

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Alvaro is one of 70,000 Nicaraguans who have fled their country.⠀ ⠀ 27-year-old Alvaro was an electrical engineering major in his final year of college in Nicaragua. After taking part in anti-government demonstrations he was detained by security forces. He escaped to Costa Rica where he now lives in a temporary shelter.⠀ ⠀ Since April 2018 an estimated 70,000 Nicaraguans have fled to neighbouring countries because of political persecution, with most – some 55,500 – seeking refuge in Costa Rica. ⠀ ⠀ Costa Rica could receive 100,000 asylum-seekers by the end of 2019. Despite Costa Rica’s efforts to provide a rapid response, waiting times to apply for asylum are between six and nine months.⠀ ⠀ During this time, Nicaraguans cannot work or access the health system. Many arrive in need of medical care, psychological support, shelter and food assistance. It is essential that those fleeing persecution have unhindered access to the asylum procedure.⠀ ⠀ Photo: © UNHCR/Daniel Dreifuss⠀ ⠀ #Nicaragua #CostaRica #asylum #withrefugees #portrait #storytelling

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Determined to thrive - thanks to his teacher. ⁣ ⁣ "My teachers always believed in me, even if I was the class clown. I had many complications in my life…depression, fear, apathy. But this has not stopped me. I have strength because of teachers like Ernesto."⁣ ⁣ Mario* graduated from high school despite many of his teachers leaving. They were forced out of their neighbourhoods by gang violence and intimidation. ⁣ ⁣ While schools are normally a setting where teachers are safe, extortion, threats and sexual harassment are common in the daily lives of many of the teachers in Honduras. ⁣ ⁣ However, despite living in constant fear, Mario’s teacher and role model Ernesto* never left. He helped Mario stay in school and out of trouble. ⁣ ⁣ Between 2014 and 2017, over 200,000 young students dropped out of school, some under pressure to find jobs to make extortion payments. But Mario managed to graduate, despite coming close to losing his life on several occasions, and is now determined to thrive.⁣ ⁣ With Love from #CentralAmerica⁣ ⁣ *Names changed for protection concerns⁣ ⁣ Photos: © UNHCR/Diana Diaz⁣ ⁣ #FromCentralAmerica #DesdeCentroamerica #Letters #Cartas #Teacher #Maestro #Student #Estudiante #TravelDiaries #Travel #Violence #Fear #Displacement #Honduras #CentralAmerica #Centroamerica #RefugeesWelcome⁣

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Meet Shahad, one of our many passionate colleagues working in Erbil, Iraq. ⁣ ⁣ Shahad has worked in Iraq for 5 years and is very passionate about her work on community based protection in Erbil. She speaks Arabic, English, and Kurdish. ⁣ ⁣ Shahad handles sexual and gender violence based cases, while also extending help to internally displaced families and Syrian refugees. She helps refer them to the many services provided by UNHCR and partners. ⁣ ⁣ Photos: © UNHCR/Firas al-Khateeb⁣ ⁣ #humanitarian #aidworker #protection #refugees #displaced #families #Iraq #Syria ⁣